Lady Hornets push to 15-0 with region win
by Donell Maxie
Jan 12, 2014 | 1271 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The girls basketball team at John F. Kennedy High School is experiencing one heck of a season.

Currently the Lady Hornets are on a roll and after Friday's 54-41 victory over the Ray Brooks Lady Tigers the squad has now extended that roll to 15-0 with a 5-0 mark in Region 3-1A.

In addition to being undefeated, the Lady Hornets have claimed the title in the North Central Athletic Conference Tournament and the Annual Bolivar County Hardwood Classic.

The Clarion Ledger has ranked the Lady Hornets as they No. 1 girl's team in 1A.

Leading the way for the Lady Hornets this season has been a strong senior group lead by McNeese State signee Frederica Haywood, Ieysha Mays, Jarvis Malone and Latina Jones. Rounding out the starting lineup is sharp-shooting guard sophomore Aleghsa Haywood. JFK's only other senior is Victoria Brown who comes off the bench as the team's sixth man and plays multiple positions.

Both Haywood and Mays have been dominant players over the past two seasons for the Lady Hornets and together pose a huge challenge for most teams.

In Friday's victory Mays led the way with 24 points and seven rebounds and Haywood finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Jones is the best on ball defender and the straw that stirs the drink is Malone who is the fiery, fast and vocal leader of the group as the point guard.

"These girls have been working since seventh grade and they have played every sport. They are determined to come to practice and work hard and carry each other as far as they need to go," said Lind Allen, JFK Head Coach.

This summer the fearsome foursome of Haywood, Mays, Jones and Malone almost broke up when Jones moved away.

"We had lost her. We said our goodbyes and she was gone. The players stayed in-touch and thank God she came back for her senior year. One of the sweetest things I ever heard was when they asked her to come home and help them win the championship in basketball. They said, 'we helped you win it in track now help us win it in basketball.' They smiled and laughed and here they are chasing that dream together," said Allen.

This season will be Allen's final season as the varsity girl's basketball coach, although she will still stay on as track and cross-country coach.

As she reflects on her time as the Lady Hornets' basketball coach, Allen is proud of her resume and particularly proud of this senior group of players.

"I remember how raw they were when they came in at seventh grade and the continued to work hard each year. From the time I met them until now they let me push them and worked them and all I can say is well done. I fell like we took a track team and made a basketball team out of it," said Allen.